ND Gorica

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This article is about the Slovene football club. For the Croatian football club, see HNK Gorica.
Gorica
Club crest
Full name Nogometno Društvo Gorica
Nickname(s) Vrtnice (The Roses)
Plavo-beli (The Blue-Whites)
Founded 1947; 67 years ago (1947)
(as FD Gorica)
Ground Nova Gorica Sports Park,
Nova Gorica
Ground Capacity 3,066
President Robert Vrtovec[1]
Head Coach Miran Srebrnič
League Slovenian PrvaLiga
2013–14 1. SNL, 4th
Website Club home page

Nogometno Društvo Gorica, commonly referred to as ND Gorica or simply Gorica, is a Slovenian football club, playing in the town of Nova Gorica. They are one of the most successful Slovenian clubs with four Slovenian League, three Slovenian Cups and one Slovenian Supercup titles. Together with Maribor and Celje they are the only club that have participated in every season of the Slovenian PrvaLiga since its formation in 1991.[2] The club plays its matches at the Nova Gorica Sports Park stadium with the capacity of 3,066 seats.

History[edit]

Beginnings (1947–1991)[edit]

The history of Slovenian association football in the Goriška region goes back to the year 1907, when the first football club "Jugoslavija" was formed by the Slovenes of Gorizia.

October 1947 marks the beginning of the club with the foundation of "Gorica Physical Culture Club" in Šempeter pri Gorici, where it operated until 1963, when the club's activity was transferred to Nova Gorica, which has remained its seat ever since.

Slovenian independence (1991–)[edit]

After the independence of Slovenia in 1991, the club played in the 1. SNL under the name HIT Gorica and during the 1995–96 season, Gorica won the Slovenian league title for the first time. In the next season, the club played its first Slovenian Supercup final and won their second trophy with a 3–1 victory over Olimpija. During the league domination of Maribor, the club managed to win two Slovenian cup titles in a row (2000–01 and 2001–02).

On the last day of the 2003–04 season on 30 May 2004, Gorica won its second title after one of the most dramatic rounds in Slovenian league history. Before the last round, NK Maribor was leading the table with 54 points, one point ahead of Gorica. In the final round, Maribor played an away match against their rivals Mura and Gorica played at home against Koper. Both matches were played at the same time, and after the first half things did not look good for Gorica. Maribor was leading 0–1, while Gorica finished the first half with the score 0–0. At the start of the second half, Gorica took the lead. On the other match, the score remained 0–1 up until the 68th minute, when Mura equalised to 1–1. Later, Maribor started to attack in search of their winning goal, but was cut down with yet another goal from Mura in the 89th minute for the final score 2–1. That result meant that Gorica, who eventually won against Koper 2–0, had secured their second title.

The second title started an impressive run for Gorica as the team won another two league titles in a row (2004–05, 2005–06). By now Gorica, a four times Slovenian league champions, was recognized as one of the top football clubs in the country. After the last title, Gorica was a runner-up in the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons, while finishing 3rd in 2007–08 and 2009–10.

Since 1991, when the league started, Gorica won the title four times, was a runner-up on another four occasions and finished at the third place five times, which makes Gorica the second most successful football team in the country.

In 2013, Gorica became associated with Parma.[3] On 21 May 2014 they won their first trophy after eight years as they defeated Maribor 2–0 in the cup final.[4]

Domestic league and cup results[edit]

Season League Position Pts Played W D L GF GA Cup Supercup
1991–92 1. SNL 4 46 40 15 16 9 63 40 Round of 16 /
1992–93 1. SNL 12 31 34 11 9 14 39 46 First round Not held
1993–94 1. SNL 5 35 30 12 11 7 40 38 First round Not held
1994–95 1. SNL 3 41 30 18 5 7 66 30 Quarter-finals Not held
1995–96 1. SNL 1 67 36 18 13 5 49 22 Quarter-finals DNP
1996–97 1. SNL 3 65 36 18 11 7 52 33 Round of 16 Winners
1997–98 1. SNL 3 65 36 20 5 11 64 36 Round of 16 Not held
1998–99 1. SNL 2 62 33 18 8 7 55 31 First round Not held
1999–2000 1. SNL 2 62 33 19 5 9 55 34 Semi-finals Not held
2000–01 1. SNL 7 43 33 13 4 16 52 46 Winners Not held
2001–02 1.SNL 4 51 33 14 9 10 38 40 Winners Not held
2002–03 1. SNL 8 34 31 7 13 11 34 43 Quarter-finals Not held
2003–04 1. SNL 1 56 32 15 11 6 55 29 Round of 16 Not held
2004–05 1. SNL 1 65 32 18 11 3 49 23 Runners-up Not held
2005–06 1. SNL 1 73 36 21 10 5 75 30 Semi-finals Not held
2006–07 1. SNL 2 58 36 17 7 12 66 63 Semi-finals Not held
2007–08 1. SNL 3 57 36 16 9 11 61 50 Round of 16 DNP
2008–09 1. SNL 2 56 36 17 5 14 60 55 Semi-finals DNP
2009–10 1. SNL 3 55 36 16 7 13 74 60 Quarter-finals DNP
2010–11 1. SNL 5 48 36 13 9 14 42 53 Quarter-finals DNP
2011–12 1. SNL 5 53 36 14 11 11 49 37 Quarter-finals DNP
2012–13 1. SNL 6 41 36 10 11 15 45 60 Quarter-finals DNP
2013–14 1. SNL 4 58 36 16 10 10 60 32 Winners DNP
Totals 1. SNL 4 Titles 1222 793 356 210 227 1243 931 3 Cups 1 Cup
*Best results are highlighted.

European campaigns[edit]

Season Competition Round Land Club Score
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1Q Republic of Macedonia Vardar 0–1, 1–2
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q Romania Oţelul Galaţi 2–0, 2–4
2Q Belgium Club Brugge 3–5, 0–3
1999–2000 UEFA Cup Q Wales Cardiff FC 2–0, 0–1
1R Greece Panathinaikos 0–1, 0–2
2000–01 UEFA Cup Q Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku 0–1, 3–1
1R Italy Roma 1–4, 0–7
2001–02 UEFA Cup Q Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku 0–0, 0–1
1R Croatia Osijek 1–1, 0–1
2002–03 UEFA Cup Q Romania Rapid Bucureşti 0–2, 1–3
2004–05 Champions League 1Q Estonia Flora Tallinn 4–2, 3–1
2Q Denmark Copenhagen 1–2, 5–0
3Q France Monaco 0–3, 0–6
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1R Greece AEK Athens 1–1, 0–1
2005–06 Champions League 1Q Albania Tirana 2–0, 0–3
2006–07 Champions League 1Q Northern Ireland Linfield 3–1, 2–2
2Q Romania Steaua Bucureşti 0–2, 0–3
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 1–2, 1–2
2008 Intertoto Cup 1R Malta Hibernians 3–0, 0–0
2R Bulgaria Chernomorets Burgas 1–1, 0–2
2009–10 Europa League 2Q Finland Lahti 1–0, 0–2
2010–11 Europa League 2Q Denmark Randers 0–3, 1–1
2014–15 Europa League 2Q Norway Molde 1–4, 1–1

Honours[edit]

League

Runners-up (1): 1968–69
Winners (4): 1995–96, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06
Runners-up (4): 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2008–09

Cup

Winners (3): 2000–01, 2001–02, 2013–14
Runners-up (1): 2004–05
Runners-up (1): 1958
Winners (1): 1996
Runners-up (1): 2014

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 September, 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Slovenia GK Januš Štrukelj
2 Slovenia DF Miha Kokol
3 Cameroon DF Solomon Enow
6 Italy DF Marco Modolo (on loan from Parma)
7 Slovenia MF Amedej Vetrih (on loan from Parma)
8 Slovenia DF Matija Širok (on loan from Parma)
9 Slovenia FW Luka Majcen
10 Slovenia MF Dejan Žigon
11 Slovenia FW Sandi Arčon
12 Slovenia GK Vasja Simčič
13 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Sead Jakupović
15 Italy FW Daniele Gragnoli (on loan from Parma)
17 Nigeria FW Amarachi Osuji
19 Nigeria FW Blessing Eleke
No. Position Player
20 Nigeria FW Stephen Makinwa
21 Italy DF Simone Napoli (on loan from Juventus)
23 Slovenia DF Tine Kavčič
26 Slovenia MF Amel Džuzdanović
27 Slovenia DF Alen Jogan (on loan from Parma)
29 Italy DF Lorenzo Pasqualini (on loan from Parma)
30 Nigeria FW Ezekiel Henty (on loan from Parma)
31 Brazil DF Ronaldo Vanin (on loan from Parma)
32 Argentina MF Alessio Innocenti (on loan from Milan)
42 Brazil MF Denilton
90 Nigeria MF Marshal Johnson
92 Italy GK Alberto Gallinetta (on loan from Juventus)
96 Slovenia FW Tilen Nagode

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gorica" (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga official website. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Slavko Jerič, Tjaša Corn (13 May 2013). "Bozgo in Tavares edina vijolična kralja strelcev" [Bozgo and Tavares are the only purple goalscoring kings] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Ervin Čurlič (1 August 2013). "Gorica potrdila sodelovanje s Parmo" [Gorica confirmed cooperation with Parma] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  4. ^ A. V. (21 May 2014). "Ne Maribor, Gorica je pokalni prvak" [Not Maribor, Gorica is the cup winner] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 

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